Cowbridge is an historic, roman market town in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan may sit on the doorstep of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, but the beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside is a world a way from the hustle and bustle of city streets.

All you outdoor types should feel at home here. Fossil-strewn Southerndown beach has some of the best surf in the country. All the better when overlooked by cliffs that have been lauded by artists and writers alike.

The walks and hikes are also a favourite along the protected coastline – as are long romantic strolls, with secluded coves to snuggle up in along the water.

Golfers should find plenty to entertain themselves here, too – more than 15 courses, including Royal Porthcawl, named one of the top 100 courses in the world.

For those that prefer pampering to playing sports, the area has some of the finest spas and health suites around. Not to mention the unique shopping to be had in medieval towns like Cowbridge.

Sumptuous dining in fabulous restaurants also abound to whet your appetite.

The town of Cowbridge, known locally as the jewel of the Vale, is a traditonal and charming place to visit.  Wander around the many small, independant shops, try the local ales in the pubs and dine in one of the many restaurants. Accommodation for the Vale can be found on www.gardenofcardiff.com or in TripAdvisor's Cowbridge pages and forums.